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The Los Angeles Film Fest is Now Showing with Celebs and Free Screenings

June 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

You may have missed the Los Angeles Film Fest's opening-night flick last night, Richard Linklater's Bernie, with stars Jack Black, Matthew McConoughey and Shirley MacLaine introducing it, but the 17th annual festival is in full swing through June 26.

That means you can still check out more than 200 films, music videos and shorts from more than 40 countries. The festival offers everything from outdoor screenings to celeb-filled galas to panels of industry experts.

And don't worry, you can still hang with celebs, since "conversations" with Black and MacLaine and one with James Franco—who is making his directorial debut at the fest with the doc The Brocken Tower—are scheduled, too. There also will be a talk with director Julie Taymor—we wonder if she'll discuss her disaster-prone Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark on Broadway.

There are a slew of good films on the lineup. The producers of beloved comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are screening Attack the Block, which follows a bunch of London city kids who defend their against some aliens. Based in L.A., Drive stars dreamy Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver who drives the getaway car for Carey Mulligan's ex-con hubby, but things go badly. The film's director, Nicolas Winding Refn, won the best director prize at the Cannes Film Fest this year.

Aside from the award-winning flicks and world premieres, you should check out the freebie outdoor screenings, which include favorites Stand By Me and Ferris Bueller's Day Off and a doc called Hot Coffee, that looks at how the case where the woman sued McDonald's for its too-hot java, which caused her third-degree burns, has actually helped corporations manipulate the justice system.

Ticket prices vary for individual movies. Some tickets are available online, though you may have to wait on a rush line an hour prior to a screening. And others are available for pass holders only; passes start at $100.

[Photo: Los Angeles Film Fest]

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